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Mobile communications and Internet in Macao

Compared to the United States, Macao is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +853, there were a total of 2.90 million connections in 2021. Among them were 2.79 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 4.1 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 327 webhosts, Macao is below the world's average by population.

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Internet speed for cell phones and fixed network

With an average download speed of 156.13 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Macao ranks 14th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 140.75 Mbit/second (4th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Macao comes 3rd with a download speed of 171.73 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 34 Mbit was enough for 1st place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2023 from 180 countries.

Mobile phone rates in Macao

Every year, the International Telecommunication Union calculates for many countries what a mobile phone contract costs to use. A monthly budget averaging US$ 7.70 was calculated Macao in 2021. This is about the same value as in the previous year.

The ITU refers to the costs for monthly use and includes 140 telephony minutes, 70 text messages and a data transfer of 2 GBytes. The transfer speed should be the minimum of a 3G connection, i.e. at least UMTS, which is already outdated in many parts of the world. 2 GBytes do not sound much. However, this is already quite a high consumption in a worldwide comparison. If one does not take a fixed amount in US dollars, but converts it to the economic output per inhabitant, a user in Macao spends 0.21% of his gross national income on mobile telephony. Worldwide, this rate is around 6.6 percent.

In the USA, the monthly cost was around $38.10.

Lack of network coverage with 5G

A modern 5G network does not yet exist in Macao (as of 2021). The penetration rate of 4G, i.e., mobile communications with at least LTE speed, was recently 99 percent. In other words, 6,866.07 people in the country had to make do with a maximum Internet speed of the outdated UMTS standard (or even less).

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Macao from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Macao 2000 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerMacao is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 88 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 30 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in landline phones clearly indicate a change in Macao. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 407 cell phone subscriptions per 100 people at last count. Such a clear shift does not occur in all countries, but the trend points in the same direction internationally.

All international calling codes

Distribution in 2021Macao
Internet users607,428.2088.47 %304.52 m91.75 %
Broadband users208,000.0030.29 %125.89 m37.93 %
Landlines110,000.0016.02 %97.82 m29.47 %
Mobile cellulars2.79 m406.78 %361.66 m108.97 %

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